Macc among Christian’s rich town ta­pes­try

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

A TEENAGE car­toon­ist has de­signed spe­cial greet­ings cards com­mem­o­rat­ing Mac­cles­field Town FC’s trip to Wem­b­ley in the FA Tro­phy.

Christian Bee­ston, 13, penned a card mim­ick­ing the front page of the Mac­cles­field Ex­press for the big match on May 21. An­other witty card, aimed at hus­bands and wives, talks of Silk­men sup­port­ers swap­ping their loved ones for a foot­ball.

These are among 18 of Christian’s de­signs pay­ing homage to his home town.

Oth­ers feature lo­cal landmarks such as Tegg’s Nose, Shut­tlingsloe and White Nancy, as well as fa­mous build­ings such as the Her­itage Cen­tre and the Arighi Bianchi shop off the Silk Road.

The card ven­ture has been a mas­sive suc­cess. Christian, a student at King’s School, who lives on Pen­rith Av­enue in Mac­cles­field, has sold more than 600 cards through lo­cal shops.

He has also sold 80 mugs and 130 coast­ers fea­tur­ing his de­signs sell­ing them at Arighi Bianchi, No Place Like Home, cafes Tegg’s Tea Room, Cherry Blos­som and Jack Stevens, the Her­itage Cen­tre, Mac­cles­field Tourist In­for­ma­tion Of­fice and Peak Cy­cle Sport.

The idea for a card cel­e­brat­ing the Silk­men’s cup suc­cess came from Paul Bianchi, chair­man of the Arighi Bianchi and a life long Mac­cles­field Town FC sup­porter.

He said: “Christian is to­tally orig­i­nal, a fan­tas­tic tal­ent and a won­der­ful flag bearer for the town and we are de­lighted to be sell­ing his work.”

Last year Christian’s skill was recog­nised when he was named Na­tional Young Car­toon­ist of the Year.

Christian, how­ever, was quick to credit his mum, Lotte: “I’m the de­signer but mum is the busi­ness­woman; she’s the one who is go­ing round the shops. I do what I am told.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to be an ar­chi­tect but you never know if this busi­ness re­ally takes off where it might lead.

“You could even re­peat the idea in other towns.”

Mum Lotte said: “Christian al­ways has a pen and pa­per to hand and loves draw­ing.

“I re­mem­ber when he was just three­years-old he pro­duced a pic­ture of a gi­raffe that was just re­mark­able.

“His new work isn’t hard to sell; I started with friends who were re­tail­ers and the word just gets around.”

Mike Carter

Christian Bee­ston with John Bianchi (left) and Paul Bianchi (right)

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